2005: Issue 17
Having the Awareness of a Moken
For thousands of years, the Moken people have lived a remote existence with little if any contact with the modern world. For them, and for us, this all changed following the tsunami of December 26, 2004.
In spite of living where the tsunami hit hardest, these “sea gypsies” all survived. Why? Because they live in awareness, in synch with their environment. As the story goes, it was actually one of the elder Moken’s, Saleh Kalathalay who first noticed the warning signs…..the cicadas whose noise is usually deafening had become silent, the sea’s tide was lower than normally expected. Having heard and told the legend of the “big wave” by the fireside many times and knew these were warnings to heed, he began calling for everyone to move to higher ground, and as so often happens no matter the culture, many reputed him. His own daughter said “you are drunk.” Then he took his people to the sea, and showed them the signs of the receding tide, had them listen to silence, and they believed. Panicked, crying, fearful, they all escaped to higher ground, the few tourists in tow, and in short time, watched their village be decimated.
Of course, it doesn’t end there. When asked if they view themselves as lucky or unlucky, the general consensus response was “it is what it is”, a very matter of fact acceptance. Living in synch with their environment implies living in respect with it. In fact, in their spoken language, there are no words for want or when, nor hello or good-bye. Yet, in the photographs you see smiles; you sense peace, connection and wisdom.
The question I have pondered since, and thus, my question for you today,
is “are you living in awareness of your environment?” From
the micro environment of your home, family, office, co-workers to the
macro environment of your organization, country, mother earth. And, how
are you in relation to them? For the Moken, their micro environment is
in synch with their macro environment. They want for nothing, they live
without material things so that they can freely move from island to island,
they know only the time provided by the sun, and the joys of the sea and
land and the people around them.
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